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- n. A detailed imaginary world, especially one created by a child.
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- n. a prolonged fantasy world invented by children; can have a definite geography and language and history
From Ancient Greek παρά (para, "beside, alongside") + κόσμος (kosmos, "world, universe"). (Wiktionary)
A Michigan State University study of MacArthur "genius award" winners found a remarkably high rate of paracosm creation in their childhoods.